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Uber is finally allowing riders to tip their drivers. The ability to tip for good service is something both Uber drivers and riders have been requesting for years, and it’s finally happening. The change won’t please everyone who uses Uber, but most people realize it’s long overdue.

Since its inception Uber has been against the very idea of tipping. That was for taxi cabs, but not the gig economy What Is Uber and Why Is It Threatening Traditional Taxi Services? What Is Uber and Why Is It Threatening Traditional Taxi Services? Uber has landed, and it's fundamentally changing inner-city transit. And some might say, not entirely for the better. Read More . Uber had plenty of excuses reasons for not allowing riders to tip drivers. But now, with Uber founder Travis Kalanick on indefinite leave, Uber has changed its mind.

Uber Lets You Tip Your Driver

Uber has initially made tipping available in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston. This allows the company to iron out any bugs before rolling tipping out across the U.S. by the end of July. There’s no word yet on if and when tipping will be rolled out to other countries, but it’s surely inevitable.

Drivers in those three cities need to download the latest version of the Uber app and tap “receive tips”. Then, when riders rate their driver at the end of a trip they will be asked whether they want to add a tip. They can add $1, $3, $5, or a custom amount of their choosing.

Tipping remains entirely optional. However, Uber is making other changes, including the cancellation window being reduced from five minutes to two minutes, drivers getting paid extra if they wait longer than two minutes, and drivers getting a cut of the increased fare for teenagers.

Uber Offers 180 Days of Change

Adding the option for riders to add a tip for good service appears to be the first in a long line of efforts to improve the lives of Uber drivers Uber Launches Compliments to Stop You Tipping Uber Launches Compliments to Stop You Tipping Uber drivers do a tough job. So the least we, as passengers, can do is thank them for their efforts. By tipping them? No. By complimenting them. Read More everywhere. To that end Uber has launched an initiative/PR exercise called 180 Days of Change, describing how “some changes will be big, some will be small,” but all will be “the changes you’ve asked for”. That remains to be seen.

Do you regularly use Uber? Have you ever wished the app let you tip your driver? Have you ever given an Uber driver a cash tip instead? Will you now use the tipping function? Or did you prefer it when tipping wasn’t an option? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Chester
    July 2, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Seriously, I don't think MOST riders were clammoring to have a tip option. Anyone that did could just as easily given the driver a cash tip.

    In the end it means nothing. Sheryl Sandberg might become CEO, and her feminist mindset will destroy the company.

  2. vferg
    June 21, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I agree with the 2 people here who commented and I am from America. Tipping makes me stressed out, you never know if what your giving is considered appropriate or an insult and just thinking about it now is giving me anxiety. I loved Uber for the no tip policy, you get in and get out and you think about literally nothing, the way all services should be.
    So does this mean the trip will cost less in anticipation that you need to tip or now am I just obligated to spend more money on a fare on top of what it normally would have been just to give a tip? Also does the driver see if you tipped or not prior to giving you a rating? They should be obligated to rate you first before seeing if they got tipped because all I see happening now is if you don't tip that's going to influence the rating they give you back when it should have absolutely nothing to do with that. Its a shame such a great service is already starting to make such bad decisions...

  3. ReadandShare
    June 21, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Too bad. I much prefer an honest fare, clearly stated -- without any further addon's - esp. gimmicks like "tipping" (American style) because they rather fool you with a "low price" that you then pretty much have to 'top up' with a tip so the poor driver can feed his family!

    Stupid people will decry tipping encourages good service. BS. Ratings feedback is more than strong enough incentive. And a tip coupled to unrealistically low fare encourages no one as that tip is essentially obligatory. Again, an honest fair clearly stated really is the best.

    • ReadandShare
      June 21, 2017 at 3:53 am

      I reread my post. Yeah, I shouldn't describe anyone as 'stupid'.

      Tipping may be the explanation how and why so many employers in the service industry have gotten away with just paying minimum wage for so long...

  4. Antony Pace
    June 20, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    I only use Über because the tip is included in the cost. I'm sure it's different in America where the economy runs on a tipping frenzy. As far as I'm concerned this marks the start of the end of Über.